The Zooniverse, the people behind GalaxyZoo has released its latest project, MoonZoo. They’re asking the public to help them map craters on the surface of the Moon using new images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The interface is simple and nifty as they show below.
I liked the idea of GalaxyZoo. It’s produced several papers already so it’s clearly a productive tool as well as a great way for the public to get involved. The reality was slightly different for me as I was never sure I was doing it right. That shouldn’t be a problem, the signal comes from many people checking the same photos rather than just one person. Still, when I saw an example photo of a spiral galaxy, and I couldn’t see the spiral, I decided I was probably contributing more noise than signal. What I like about MoonZoo is the guide at the bottom showing what the lighting does to the image. I can see images where I’ve no idea if the things I’m looking at are craters or hills. The guide at the bottom resolves that problem and then targetting craters becomes simple. My results won’t be perfect, I’ve not got an eye for boulders, but I can see how even by positioning crater markers I can help contribute to the accuracy of the project.
It’s not something I’d want to do for hours on end, but as a way to clear the mind in a few minutes or wind down at the end of the day it’s fun and it helps someone else.Google+